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.8%. that's the best since barack obama took office and it's certainly positive news for his re-election hopes because no president has been re-elected with an unemployment rate above 8% since roosevelt in the 1830s. erin herself has made this point many times. >> the unemployment rate may be high, but the the absolute number is not what matters when it comes to getting re-elected. that's about to trend. every president running since world war ii has won when the rate was falling and lost when it was going up. best example, get ready. >> it's morning again in america. today, more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country's history. with interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980. >> yeah, you know what ad was for. that was ronald reagan, who won the election with a rate of 7.4%. so, the question is, can mr. obama win one like the giper or is the number still bad enough to doom his hopes? well, cue mitt romney. that's what happened today. his team is furiously pointing out how many people are underemployed. last month's household survey found 582,000 of the
this first debate life here on cnn. >>> 37 days from election day and new allegations of voter registration fraud, the complaints center around registration drives in florida, nevada, north carolina and colorado. they were performed by a consulting political consulting company hired by the republican national committee called strategic allied consulting. in colorado, a woman who may have worked for the company was videotaped trying to register only mitt romney supporters, take a look. >> yeah, hi. >> do you volt for romneyor obama? >> i thought you were registering voters a minute ago. >> i am. >> and who are you registering? >> all voters. >> i'm actually trying to register people for a particular party because we're out here in support of romney actually. >> and who's paying you for this? >> let me see, we're working for the county clerk's office. >> you cannot come out here and register one party, lady, are you working for the county clerk's office, i got it all on tape. you're working for the county clerk's office? >> i believe so, yes. >> and you're only registering republicans? >> no.
of that. now, they -- those are the facts. the end result of all that was by the time we were elected they had in eight years doubled the national debt, that clock, doubled it and in addition to that they had the slowest job, private job growth since world war ii under this policy. and by the time the president sat down behind that famous desk the resolute in noble office within a week of sitting down our economists told us mr. president you're going to have to deal with a $1 trillion debt this year because there's nothing you can do about it. the budget was passed back october. and so ladies and gentlemen so much for their credibility on the debt, but what did it produce for us? it produced the great recession all these things they did in doubling national debt and these massive tax cuts that absolutely eviscerated the middle class. they say we urgently want to deal with it now. basically i think my opponent says something like, you know, i don't know, he said something about he was regrets -- i don't know. something he wibed he hadn't voted that way. okay. i don't want to miss -- i
. >> mitt romney went down well with the audience. >> if there's one thing we have learned this election season, by the way, it is that a few words from bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. >> what words would you have for mitt romney, given the state of the election campaign right now? >> well, i think you know the debates are very important. >> crucial? >> i think so. and i think if he's gonna double down on that 47% remark, that will cause difficulties because we now know the overwhelming number of those people work and have children. the reason they don't pay federal income taxes is because the median income is as low as 1995. until the current election season, republicans and democrats supported both the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit. i doubled the earned income tax credit. it was signed under the tax credit. reagan started it. we started it with a strong support of republicans in congress. president bush dealt with that, then president obama increased the earned income tax credit for families with more than three children. this is a rejection of basically mo
their ground operation going into election day and also saturate the air wae waves with the telephone ads. they're bringing in millions of dollars. a lot is going out the door as well, fredricka. >> so, dan, a lot of questions have been asked of the president, and everyone else since the debate about, you know, a nearly unrecognizable obama during the debate. then the next day he kind of came alive. he was on fire again, et cetera. has his camp said anything about his new strategy or returning to the old strategy? anything to that degree? >> reporter: right. well, they have talked about the president responding to the romney that they said showed up at the debates. the president very aggressive now and all indications are that's the strategy into the next debate as well. one thing we're seeing is that top advisers for the president are also still attacking mitt romney for his performance during that debate. the on the sunday morning shows, a couple of top advisers, david axelrod and robert gibbs calling it him dishonest. one said governor romney has a strange relationship with the truth. >> mit
easier to cast their ballots in the presidential elections and that's because the judge in the case has made a decision to actually reverse a decision he made before on that state's voter i.d. law. it was one of the strictest laws in the country and everyone wanted to know if it was going to go into effect before this election. republican supporters say this kind of law would stop voter fraud. democrats said not really that it would really just keep a lot of voters from being able to vote. real, legitimate citizens who maybe just don't happen to have an i.d., driver's license, or passport. joining me now is cnn crime and justice correspondent joe johns. so, joe, let's break this down. since this is breaking news and you know how it can go with legal decisions, they can be looked at a whole lot of different ways. this particular case, this judge had to look at not the constitutionality of voter i.d.s, he had to look at specifically whether the people of pennsylvania all had equal access to get i.d.s and get to the polls in time. and he's reversed himself from his earlier decision. where
for the general election while not outraging the republican base? fox news anchor brit hume refused to dwell on romney's economic policies he would put in place. why wouldn't mitt romney fluent in economics explain his economic policy? because any sensible answer would cause a firestorm in his party. it's obvious with a deficit of more of 7% of gross domestic product, any solution to our budgetary problems has to involve spending cuts and tax increases. ronald reagan agreed to tax increases when it hit 4%. george w. bush did when it was 3% of gdp. but today's republican party is organized around the proposition that no matter the circumstances, there must never be a tax increase of any kind. the simpson-bowles proposal calls for $1 for every $3 of spending cut bus every republican presidential candidate during the primaries including romney pledge thad he or she would not accept $10 of spending cuts if that meant $1 of tax increases. so romney could present a serious economic plan with numbers that add up and then he would face a revolt within his own party. so his solution has been to be ut
. >>> all right. turning to international news now, it's election day in venezuela. people are going to the polls to vote for their next president. president hugo chavez is hoping to hold onto his power. his challenge this election is a centrist state governor. paula newton is live for us from caracas. paula, we hear there were lots of long lines outside the voting stations well before the doors even opened. how is it going? >> reporter: long lines including where hugo chavez voted. i'm not sure at our elections people wait that long, three, four, five six hours some people still in line. we are getting hints they have to keep the polls longer than 6:00 p.m., which is when they were scheduled to close locally. having sdz that, things were calm where hugo chavez was voting. he voted and there was quite a bit of commotion outside after that. what is clear here, fred, and this is important in this very tight race, he says that he will live by the result, whatever it is, if that means that even if it sweeps him out of office. take a listen. >> translator: none of you should have the leas
kong's deadliest ferry accident since 1971. >>> now the march to the presidential election just five weeks from today, a major weigh station could be tomorrow's presidential debate. for those minds already made up, two battlegrounds now in play. bellwether state of ohio, mobilizing supporters to seize an early lead there. and in florida, first absentee ballots hit the mail today. who will gain the advantage in tomorrow's presidential debate? despite days of intensive coaching and practice sessions, both candidates trying to appear loos loose. >> people want to know, who is going to win, who is going to score the punches, who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make, and all the scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> that was the president at a polling station in nevada. he called some random voter and that's what he said. mark preston is in denver for the showdown. the quiet before the storm. right, mark?
." >>> we're now just 36 days from the presidential election and nationally our brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters shows the race between president obama and governor romney remaining up for grabs. the president leads 50% to 47%. but his three-point margin is within the poll's sampling error. our chief national correspondent john king is in denver getting ready for the debate over there. that's the site of the debate. john, take us into these numbers. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you this, talking to senior officials in the romney campaign, they believe after a tough week or ten days, the last several days, they have a little bit of a breeze at their back. they say the race has stabilized. you dig into the numbers. what is the most important issue in this first debate? the economy. look at this poll. which candidate would better handle the economy? the president, 49%, governor romney, 48%. a dead heat. the president has to defend his record. governor romney not only needs to attack his record but to convince voters he has a better place to take them if
month, hard to believe, till election day, and no issue bigger than jobs, right? >> no doubt about that, randi, and you're right. after what you could consider a tough week for the president coming out of that debate in denver the jobs numbers are a good sign for his re-election bid, a happy sign for the re-election team, but for mitt romney this is fascinating, landi, because the unemployment rate is below 8% for the first time since barack obama came into the white house back in january of 2009. you have heard mitt romney on the campaign trail over and over again, over the last year and a half running for the white house, criticize this president on jobs for the unemployment rate being over 8%. now it is under 8%. now it's time for mr. romney to have to pivot from his favorite line. take a listen to both candidates on the campaign trail yesterday reacting to the jobs numbers. >> today's news should give us some encouragement. it shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy just to try to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country's com
. they exchanged artillery fire for the fifth day in a row. >>> it's presidential election day in event somedvenezuela. this is the strongest rule to go against hugo chavez. we'll have more on this in a couple minutes. ♪ >>> republican voters head for port st. lucy, florida, turning out in big numbers for their candidate, mitt romney. its his second time up and down the critical state. today he pointed to one of the key differences between his and president obama's plans. >> if he is re-elected he will install obama care. and with it your premiums are going up an extra $2,500 above what they already are in your current plan. that's according to the congressional budget office. my plan is i will finally get control of the excessive costs in health care by repealing and replacing obama care with real reforms. >> all right. president obama is spending the entire day in los angeles right now for a private fund-raiser set for later. we are told former president bill clinton will be there. then later a bill concert at the nokia theater. live to los angeles now and the white house correspond
election -- when you yourself said sometimes it takes time to get the final answers? >> erin, we sent a letter on september 20th that wouldn't responded to as of yesterday. subcommittee chairman chaffetz sent that letter. we started this right away. we continued pursuing it. but let's understand, men and women are serving us overseas around the world. and if what happened in libya happens again because we waited until after election, 30 or 60 days, we haven't done our job. the secretary is working right now before the election. she has put together a panel to start looking at this. we're doing our job, too. and just because it's an election doesn't mean members of congress shouldn't work, including fact-finding and that's what we're doing. we're doing it as timely as we can. candidly, i would have preferred the september 20th letter would have been responded to sooner. >> fair enough. thank you very much, chairman issa. we appreciate your time tonight. so the question continues. were warning signs missed? well, the man who briefed the ambassador stevens is standing by. >>> but first,
. president. thank you for tuning in this evening. this is an important election, and i'm concerned about america. i'm concerned about the direction america has been taking over the last four years. i know this is bigger than an election about the two of us. as individuals. it's bigger than our respective parties. an election about the course of america. what kind of america do you want for yourself and our children. there are two very different paths we began speaking about this evening, and over the course of this month, we had two more presidential debates and a vice presidential debates, they lead in very different directions and not just looking to our words to take evidence of where they go. you can look at the record. no question in my mind, if the president is re-elected will you see a middle class squeeze. i will get incomes up again. you will see chronic unemployment. 43 straight months with unemployment above 8%. if i'm president, i had create -- help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes. the president is re-elected. obama care will be fully installed,
, unreliable indicator. >> why are we talking about it? you're never going to get elected above 8%. >> ten years i've been saying this to people, stop using it, start talking about whether or not -- 114,000 jobs are created, those are jobs that were created. those are jobs created minus jobs lost. that's easy arithmetic that a second-grader can do. the unemployment rate is a little bit of a red herring, used as a political football, being used again as a political football today. i find it much easier to understand the other numbers. >> i don't know if we have this graphic, i tried to make it up super, super fast. >> making your own graphics now. >> throwing my staff into total disarray. i'll hold it up, can you see it? >> that's great. very tv friendly, ashleigh. >> it speaks to your spoipoint. this is what i do when i have nothing else to do. i went back to 1936 and the jobless rate was 13.6% and the next time it was 14.6%. and then he brought it down to 8.2%, a heck of a turn. >> if it goes up, you think it is bad. if it goes down, you think it is good. any fool can tell you whether it
needs to do well on to win this election, everything, health care, everything else was about job creation. >> i think we had a big upset tonight. 2-1, the american people thought the president would win, he lost. mitt romney came prepared to play, drove to debate. i don't think the president has been talked to like this over the past four years, and i think he was so surprised that romney was just sort of plat out lying, never proposed a 20% tax cut. we've been hearing that a lot. and i think that threw him off his game. it propels all of his campaign into the next debate. mitt romney could have gone down and this race would have been over. now we have a horse race on our hands. >> do you think democrats will hire rob portman for debate preparation? >> the ads in the campaign, so negative, and so nasty. i expected president obama to start bucking about bain capital, 47%. >> never debate on your anniversary, an important lesson. it just doesn't seem to work. the big change, president obama running ads in the swing states about this terrible person mitt romney who wants to eat babi
comes a month before the election and some obama administration critics are suggesting the books were cooked. jack welch the former ceo of general electric tweeted this. unbelievable jobs numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, change numbers. he later came on "anderson 360" and said if he had that tweet to do over, again, he would have added one thing. >> so many politicians are saying these days, michele bachmann will say something that is factually not correct. not provable and say, look, i'm just asking the question. is it responsible to say i'm just asking the question, but these guys aren't doing anything, i'm just asking a question. >> i should have put a question mark at the end of that. >> so, you are kind of backing away from the chicago guys part? >> i'm not back away from anything. >> do you wish you could amend your tweet? >> the same implications. >> to say something like this is like donald trump saying president obama is not an american citizen without any proof. you are jack welch. you have to take this opportunity while everybody is listening to y
's presidential debate and be d deciding week of the election. we're often told we need to get businesses to start investsing and hiring. well, we have three powerhouse ceos on the show. lloyd blankfein, and john of cisco systems. next, 11 years after 9/11, do we have to worry about al qaeda again? i'll talk to the former cia chief michael hayden about the aftermath of the benghazi attack. >>> and on his decade in hiding after a threat was placed on his life. >>> also, if china's growth slows, should the rest of us cheer? no. >>> first, here's my take. the pundit dees claired mitt romney the winner. he was. obama seemed passive, detached, and glum. but what's more significant than how romney said things is what he said. romney repeatedly insisted he was not advocating a big tax kuchlt in fact, he declared unequivocally that he would not cut taxes at all if they added to the deficit at all. now, as "the washington post" reporter checks out, for two years rom hi has been campaigning on a tax cut that would cost around $5 trillion over ten years. he said he would eliminate deductions and spending to
a voluntary recall for all its products. >>> it's presidential election day in venezuela. analysts say this is the strongest challenge yet to the 13-year rule of hugo chavez. his opponent is young, 40 years old, considered a moderate. many venezuelans living here traveled long distances to vote absentee. >>> people marched through ma tl drid in the video you almost saw there. opposition to spending cuts program worth billions of dollars. also protests of dozens of other cities. labor unions are threatening to strike if the government refuses to allow a general vote on the austerity measures. the protests appeared peaceful. no reports of any violence thankfully. >>> tonight's spacex launch will officially turn space into a business. the resupply mission to the international space mission will launch from cape canaveral, florida. spacex successfully demonstrated it could do the job in may when it docked a capsule with the space station. we'll go live to florida later on this hour. ♪ >>> ll, republican voters in port st. lucie, florida, are turning out in big numbers for their candidate
arguments of an election year, but the two words that matter most to the middle class, you're hired. and in a moment we will look at whether enough jobs are being added for president obama to keep his job, but i want to start with cnn's chief political correspondent candy crowley. she anchors, of course, "state of the union." candy, tell me why. why is there no middle in washington anymore? >> there is a middle in washington, it's just ever shrinking, and it doesn't get listened to. i could take up your entire hour here as to why this is what it is, but i just want to point out two elections to you. one of them was in 2006 when we had a big wave election. democrats -- sorry, republicans were thrown out of office. which republicans? largely the moderate ones from the northeast. republicans that were in pretty presidentially democratic states. they were thrown out of office, and then we had another wave election in 2010 when people were upset with president obama about health care a number of other things and who got thrown out of office. democrats. which democrats? mostly the souther
. >>> let's take the race for the white house, with 37 days to go until election day president obama is out west. he landed in las vegas a little while ago where he's going to hold a rally later this evening. he'll be on the road through wednesday's presidential debate. >>> mitt romney is keeping a low profile this weekend. he went to church outside boston. he had no public events yesterday or today. he heads to colorado tomorrow where he'll hold a rally and continue his preparations for wednesday's showdown debate in denver. >>> meantime republican party officials cut ties with the consulting firm that florida election officials say turned in suspicious voter application forms. cnn's david mattingly has been investigating. what have you learned? >> this is florida. it's always close there. hugely important to both sides. we know it's going to be close this time. any time the topic of voter registration fraud comes up, it's going to get a lot of attention. strategic allied consulting was hired to register people to vote. that sounds pretty denine, like it wouldn't be a big problem. here is
to election day. >> let me turn attention to overseas, i know there are some things that concern you. but let mee first ask you about libya, the deaths of those four americans, including the american ambassador to libya on september 11th. friday we got the administration sort of definitive statement this looks as though it was a preplanned attack by a terrorist group and some of whom were sympathetic to al qaeda. why do you think and are you bothered that it has taken them this long from september 11th to now to get to this conclusion? >> i think it interferes with the depiction that the administration is trying to convey that al qaeda is on the wane, that everything is fine in the middle east. >> you think it's political? >> i think there are certain political overtones. how else -- how else could you trot out our u.n. ambassador to say this was a spontaneous demonstration. >> maybe he thought that at the time. >> five days later? that doesn't pass the smell test. it was either willful ignorance or abysmal intelligence to think that people come to spontaneous demonstrations with heavy mortar
." >>> we're down to just 35 days until the actual presidential election exactly five weeks from today. here's where the race may be decided. we're getting our first look inside the debate hall over at the university of denver. barack obama and mitt romney, they are getting ready to face-off tomorrow night. and as cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta discovered, it will be one of the very two times the two men have actually met in person. jim is joining us live from littleton, colorado. what's the latest on this particular score, jim? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you right now that ann romney is about to take the stage behind me. she's going to be holding an event here in littleton, colorado, in a few moments from now. she's been one of this campaign's most effective surrogates and been very busy doing just that while her husband, mitt romney, has been doing debate preparations just a short distance away in denver. it will be fascinating, wolf, to watch the body language between mitt romney and president obama tomorrow night when they meet face-to-face as the obama campai
blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> 34 days from the presidential election but much more importantly right now at least right now we've reached what may be the most decisive night of the 2012 campaign, the first presidential debate at the university of denver. after weeks of downplaying expectations, mitt romney's campaign insiders are finally opening up about what they really think can be accomplished tonight. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in denver getting ready to set the scene. jim. >> reporter: wolf, the romney campaign sees the polls moving in their directions. one of the top priorities tonight is to maintain that trajectory. the romney campaign also says the gop nominee will not be looking to score a knockout tonight but will instead zero in on the president's handling of the economy. you can say that the romney game plan for tonight can be boiled down into two key phrases. do no harm and live to fight another day. just a few hours before one of the most important nights of his political life, mitt romney walked tough the debate site in denve
are without power. >> vf cuties with the consulting firm that florida election officials say turned in suspicious voter application forms. our cnn's dave mattingly has been investigating this story, and, david, what have you learned? we've heard this happening sometimes with the democrats. it's a little bit interesting that now it's the republicans who are having some questionable issues about registration. >> and we don't know how big or how small this is going to be, but it's in of all places florida, which all voting problems seem to come from at one time or another. a company, strategic allied con supplementing was hired by the republican party to register people to vote. that's something they do in every election. this particular company, one employee was fired after providing false signatures on some of these documents. so now officials in multiple counties in florida are looking into this. it's the ground zero for it seems to be in palm beach county, and the elections supervisor there has a stack of 106 ballots she's going to have to go through that the company provided for h
face in this election. what the election comes down to, and you are going to hear over the next two months, i know you must be tired of hearing hands, but you're going to hear more over the next two -- or the next six weeks, and over and over again you're going to hear my opponents talk about how bigger tax cuts, fewer regulations, that's the way to go. and since government can't do everything it should do almost nothing. they're making -- if you can't afford health care, then hope you don't get sick. if you can't afford college, borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. i don't think government can solve all our problems but government's not the source of all our problems, either. there's some things we've got to do together. we -- instead of going around blaming somebody, unions or immigrants or gays or somebody, for what's going on, what we need to do is pull together. we're all in this together. we believe that america only works when we all accept responsibility for ourselves, and for each other. that's how we- >> and mr. obama will be on the road th
a mistake. he's not going to win the election with this debate. what he can do is to start setting a whole new narrative for him in this debate. that's what he can expect to accomplish. in the president's case, the president is going to have to deal with the economic numbers, have to deal with the libya issue. >> as a debater, how do you rate president obama? >> i think he's very good. i think both of them are playing the game. president obama was saying something the other day, i'm not really a good debater. gee, i don't really -- >> they're both very, very smart guys. >> if you talk about the top 1%, intellect, these guys are in the top 1%. there's nothing to choose between among intellect. there's a lot to choose between them on policy. i hope they get into a good discussion of policy because from my point of view i think romney would get the better of that but i'm not sure. we'll see. >> we looked at past debates. some folks seem to get into trouble when they start debating over the debate rules themselves. i want to play a quick montage of stuff. >> i have to let senator obama respond
of another election, he's being asked, are you better off off than they were. but how much money could you have? if washington had put aside its pride, they could work with some people. >> these two have had your back. sheila baer's job was to deal with banks. neil's job was to be a watchdog over t.a.r.p. he wrote a book called "bailout." investigating wa investigating. to say things are just as bad now as they were then is just wrong. >> if you're an executive looking at losing your job and your bonuses, certainly when they were how they were in 2010 as they were in 2008. if you're someone who is now enjoying their 99th week of unemployment, you may differ with the fact that you're necessarily better off. certainly overall, we have a much more stable economy and things are hopefully on the upswing, but there is a lot of people who are unnecessarily left behind. >> sheila, your new book is called "bull by the horns. fighting to save main street from wall street and wall street from itself." the title of your two books have a similar theme to them. both of you think chicago and washington h
. that's what we're going to do. so this is the choice we face in the election, and this is what the election comes down to, and i know you must be tired of hearing ads, but you will hear moreover the next six weeks, and over and over again, you will hear my opponents talking about how bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations and that's the way to go, and since government can't do anything, it should do almost nothing. if you can't afford health care, then hope you don't get sick is their theory. if you can't afford college, borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. i don't think government can solve all of our problems, but government is not the source of all of our problems, either. there's stuff we can do together. instead of blaming, immigrants, unions or gays or somebody for what is going on, what we need to do is pull together. we're all in thistogether. we believe that america only works when we all accept responsibility for ourselves and for our each other. that's how we create -- >> mr. obama will be on the road through wednesday's first presiden
of the swing states that will decide the presidential election. well, here is mitt romney, we have heard these words before, sounds as though he's downplaying expectations as they say. take a listen. >> people want to know who is going to win, who is going to score the punches and who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make and there is going to be all the scoring of winning and losing. >> so romney is saying, no, it is not about winning, not about losing, it is about america. but you have a lot of republicans, newt gingrich, for example, saying, hey, mitt romney, get out there, pick a fight, and win it. jim acosta with me now from the romney campaign. the debate, of course, tomorrow night in denver, you, sir, are in littleton, colorado. should we take mitt romney at face value when he says this debate is not about me winning? >> reporter: well, brooke, i think this is all part of the debate expectations game that has been going on for several days now. i think you also sort of heard mitt romney downplay some of the talk that has been going on since the new yor
massachusetts did something quite extraordinary, elected a republican senator to stop obama care, you pushed it through anyway. the so entirely on a partisan basis, instead of bringing america together and having a discussion on this important topic, you pushed through something that you thought was the best answer and drove it through. what we did in the legislature, 87% democrat, we worked together. 200 legislators, only 2 voted against the plan by the time we were finished. we didn't raise taxes. you raised them by a trillion under obama care. we didn't cut medicare. of course, we don't have medicare but we didn't cut medicare by $716 billion. we didn't put in place a board that can tell people ultimately what treatments they're going to receive. we didn't also do something that i think a number of people across this country recognize, which is put people in a position where they're going to lose the insurance they had and they wanted. right now the cbo says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as obama care goes into effect next year. and likewise a study of mckinsey and com
. >>> a political super bowl with the super bowl of elections just one month away. the labor department says 114,000 jobs was created in september with the unemployment rate coming in at 7.8%. that is a drop of 0.3% from august. it is no surprise that in this season there are different views of the same numbers. the chairman of the council of economic advisors said the report provides further evidence that the u.s. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst do downturn since the great depression. but the former ceo of general electric jack welch tweeted this. "unbelievable job numbers. these chicago guys will do anything, can't debate, so change numbers." the partisan pushing continues this morning. >> on friday we learned that the unemployment rate is now at a its lowest level since i took office. >> friday's jobs report shows that america still desperately needs jobs. yet the president's central and so sole proposal means fewer jobs. >> finally start doing something to acatually help the middle class get ahead. >> we can't afford four more years like the last four. fa
the election. >> a president struggling with a slow economy, hoping to boost confidence in his leadership. >> i'm not fighting to create democratic and republican jobs, i'm fighting to create american jobs. >> a challenger fighting in the poll es trying to connect with average americans. after months of attacks on the campaign trial, it's time for these candidates to confront each other face to face. >> we will win this election, we will finish what we started! >> i will do better than this president has done for the american people! >> in colorado tonight, barack obama and mitt romney in their first presidential date. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward. >> what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> two men with different vision on issues voters care about most. both of them. >> we certainly can't go far with a leader who writes off half a nation. >> he said he can't change washington from the inside. he can only change it from outside. well, we're going to give him that ch
. a month and a day now, a month and a day until the election and, folks, we have a whole new conversation. >> this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> the president and his supporters, they're basking in the glow of the government's monthly jobs report. it is unexpectedly good. the nation's rate of unemployment took three ticks downward, 7.8%, that is still high, yes, but it is not political poison as in 8% or above. september jobs creation hit six figures, 114,000, and this is pretty interesting here because as it often does, the labor department revised its find frgz the last two months. revised them way upward. its latest tally is at 142,000 new jobs in august. that is up from 96,000. and the new tally for july topped 180,000 new jobs. mitt romney, just like the president in virginia today as well, is saying the recent unemployment keeps dropping is that more and more americans have given up, given up finding work and they're not counted as unemployed. >> i'll tell you this, when i'm president of the united states, whe
fundraiser for president obama's re-election campaign. national geographic's president told "new york times" the network chose the november 4th debut date here to help promote its fall schedule. he says other than being commercially opportunistic, we weren't considering the election. end. there you have it. i'm brooke baldwin. hope you have a wonderful weekend. don't go anywhere. wolf blitzer is up next. "the situation room" starts now. >>> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, important and surprising numbers about jobs forcing both the president and mitt romney to re-write their pitch to voters. ge's former boss calls the jobs numbers unbelievable. wait until you hear the smackdown he gets from a one-time member of the obama white house. and mitt romney's complete aboutface. how he now calls his 47% remarks totally wrong. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama out there on the campaign trail making the most of today's unexpected and potentially, potentially game changing numbers about jobs. with only 32 days to go before the elect
these people are crunching. it shows you how disgusting and contentious an election can be. people realize our government is big. it's become much bigger. and well thinking moderates in both parties can say we need a smaller footprint of the government. when the small government movement comes out and says crazy things like this it hurts their cause. >> agree with you. thanks for clearing that up. stay there we'll be back to you. stephen moore is a writer for the "wall street journal". stephen, i want to talk about the real stuff here, the real meat of this jobs report. i think christine's point is very valid and that is there's a reasonable and strong argument for mauler, more effective government in the united states but these kind of conspiracy theorys do nothing to then cause. >> reporter: it's miystifying. a lot of us economists are peering these numbers closer but i don't believe there was a conspiracy. >> if you don't believe there was a expiration. take your best shot. it's not a number that barack obama can really crow about. identify been saying for a very long time, people ignore th
an election here that's about the future of america. i don't see that happening, candy. this is a widely debated thing in 1980 with john anderson, gary johnson. >> sure, but ross perot made a difference. >> sure. >> they think that perot widely lost. >> we don't have a third party candidate anywhere near the name recognition or the popularity of ross perot or john anderson. i just don't see that happening. in fact, i see that it's almost a nonfactor, so i'm not worried about it. >> let me ask you about the new economic figures that came out. unemployment dipped below 8%. something i'm sure republicans celebrate as well. does it not undercut what has been the central theme of the republican campaign which was that he has made the economy worse because we are right down looking at an unemployment rate after a really horrible year which you can't blame president obama for in totality his first year that he inherited this big mess. now it's down to 7.8%. doesn't that show that he is on the right trajectory and kind of undermining the central argument for you? >> oh, i don't think so. you kno
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